The Bethlehem Star can be seen lighted in nearly every entryway in my hometown … The Christmas City. They are lit traditionally during Advent but the stars adorn front doors all year-round. Also known as the Christmas Star, it represents the Star of Bethlehem which led the Magi to the manger where Christ was born on Christmas Day. During the depression Christmas cards were mailed to Bethlehem for hand stamping with the Christmas City postal cancellation.
The Bethlehem Star is very similar to and often confused with the Moravian Star, also known as the Advent Star. The Moravian Star had its beginnings in Saxony, Germany in the 1830’s and traditionally has 26 points. The story goes it was used as a geometry lesson at the Moravian Boys School. The Moravian Church, early settlers in Bethlehem, adopted the star as their symbol with the points being equal in length to symbolize the Moravian’s belief in equality for men and women. The Bethlehem Star has fewer points than the Moravian Star with two elongated points at the top and bottom.
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In 1937, a gigantic star made with steel from the local mill was erected on South Mountain and illuminated during Christmastime. It was visible from our home six miles away. Nowadays the star is illuminated year-round.
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The stars come in many colors but are most commonly white or clear. When decorating this cookie I divided the points of the star into segments to give the cookie some dimension and added white sanding sugar.
Bethlehem Star Cookies
Bethlehem Star Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
CK White Sanding Sugar
Pipe straight lines from each point with #2 tip in white icing.